Scratch-made lit conference comes to the Smokies

From left: Jeremy Lloyd, Richard Powers, Janet McCue, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, and Frank X Walker. Provided by Michele Sons.

Last autumn, as the leaves were changing color in Walker Valley, Tremont Institute held a writers conference for the first time. I had the rare pleasure of designing the conference from start to finish alongside my co-coordinator Frances Figart, creative services director at Smokies Life (formerly Great Smoky Mountains Association), as well as playing maestro […]

Now accepting applications for 2024 Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency

summertime on Andrews Bald

Great Smoky Mountains Association is now accepting applications for its fourth Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency. The annual residency hosted by GSMA is designed to help writers of any medium connect in meaningful ways with Great Smoky Mountains National Park by providing space for successful applicants to focus on their craft in an inspiring, retreat-like setting. […]

Now accepting applications for 2023 Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency

Great Smoky Mountains Association is now accepting applications for its third annual Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency. Funded by GSMA, the residency is designed to connect writers with the Smokies in meaningful ways and to inspire some of their best work. The program is named for 30-year GSMA veteran Steve Kemp, who retired in 2017 after […]

Great Smokies

Welcome Center

Hours of Operation

(subject to change)

Open year round (closed December 25)


January - February

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

March - November

Open Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
December

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Great Smokies Welcome Center is located on U.S. 321 in Townsend, TN, 2 miles from the west entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can get information about things to see and do in and around the national park and shop from a wide selection of books, gifts, and other Smokies merchandise. Daily, weekly, and annual parking tags for the national park are also available.

Physical Address

7929 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Townsend TN 37882

Contact

865.436.7318 Ext 320